Arts & Letters Prizes

21st Annual Arts & Letters Prize Judges Announced

2019 Prize Judges

Poetry: Gennarose Nethercott


Creative Nonfiction: Pam Houston


Fiction: Peter Nichols


Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction Winners will appear in next year’s Fall or Spring issue of Arts & Letters.


Drama: Iona Sun
The Drama Prize winner will attend the production of the prize-winning one-act play at the Georgia College campus (usually in March).


About the Prizes
For our prizes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, we offer the winner a $1,000 prize and publication in the next year’s Fall or Spring issue. The prize-winning one-act play winner receives a $500 prize and travel support to attend the prize play production at the Georgia College campus (usually in March.) Our prizes are made possible through generous gifts to our prize endowments from Dr. Martin Lammon, Dr. Barry Darugar, Bahram and Fari Atefat, and other friends of Arts & Letters. If you are interested in contributing to our endowments, please contact us!

All submitters receive a digital subscription of Arts & Letters, which will include the issue prize winners are published in.

Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction:

Submit a manuscript of up to 25 pages, typed, double-spaced

Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction:

Submit a manuscript of up to 25 pages, typed, double-spaced

Rumi Prize for Poetry:

Submit a manuscript of up to 4 poems, typed, single-spaced (poems need not be thematically linked, though it is fine if they are)


Submit a one-act play of 30-60 pages, typed in standard stage play format

Please do not include your name on any part of the uploaded file you submit to any genre.  We accept most file formats (Word, .rtf, PDF).

We prefer, for the prizes, that your work not be simultaneously submitted. This helps us preserve the integrity of the contest(s). Our judges’ decisions are usually made by the end of May.

All fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction prize submissions will be considered for publication at regular payment rates.

All writers and poets writing in English are eligible to enter, excepting friends, relatives, or current and former students of the current-year judges.

The submission period for our annual prizes is February 1 – March 31. The entry fee is $20 ($10 for the one-act drama prize).

All submissions are through our Submittable site:




20th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Winners

Rumi Prize for Poetry
Judge: Alfred Corn
WINNER: Keith S. Wilson, for “letter begun to my future niece” and “Long Tail”
Jennifer Elmore
Justin Hunt
Mariana Lin
Brandon Rushton

Fiction Prize
Judge: Melissa Pritchard
WINNER: R. M. Kinder, for “A Common Person”
Antonia Angress

Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Judge: Joni Tevis
WINNER: Megan Harlan, for “Mobile Home”
Bettye Kearse
Jill Logan
Keith S. Wilson

Drama Prize
Judge: Iona Sun
WINNER: Jenny King, “Reconciling”
Angela Davis
Robert Daseler
James Wade
Marshall Botvinick
Neil McGowan

One Response to Arts & Letters Prizes

  1. Pingback: Meet Kirun Kapur | WordMothers

Comments are closed.